Asian Studies Center Curriculum Components

The Asian Studies Center has developed the following curriculum components for K-14 educator professional development and classroom use.  If you would like access to one or more of the components, please register here.

China/Avant-Garde: Exploring Modern China Through Art Explore Modern China through the lens of art. China/Avant-Garde: Exploring Modern China through Art is the first in a series of online modules as part of our new Pennsylvania Teaching International Studies Through the Arts initiative. The module will provide access to view two documentaries—Inner Visions: Avant-Garde Art in China (1993) and Art in Smog (2018), an interview with the filmmaker Lydia Chen, and a curriculum guide for integrating the material into your classroom.

Crisis in Context:  Navigating the Past and Future of Hong Kong Learn about the most recent developments and status of Hong Kong with this self-paced, asynchronous curriculum module, which provides educators with historical context, recorded lectures by Hong Kong legal scholars, books and materials.  

Current Events in Myanmar Mass protests have been seen across Myanmar since the military seized power in February 2021. This curriculum component provides historical context, strategies, and resources for incorporating the current events unfolding in Myanmar into the K-14 classroom.

Ecological Civilization: Exploring China as a Model This PPT provides an historical overview of China's relationship with the environment and ways to integrate it into the K-14 classroom.

Exploring the Asian Diaspora: Literary and Historical Perspectives on Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out & Back Again This PowerPoint provides historical context and K-14 classroom applications for Lai's award-winning book of poems that chronicle the Vietnam War through the eyes of 10-year-old Ha, whose family flees Saigon for the promise of a better life in the United States. The hardships endured by Ha and her family during the war fade into the past as they struggle to adjust to a new way of life in America—one that is often at odds with the promise of their new country.

Exploring Taiwanese Indigeneity through Film The richness and diversity of Taiwan’s history is marked by its complex interactions and relations among indigenous peoples, waves of immigrants from Mainland China, and colonizers from both the West and East. This recorded presentation provides educators with content and resources that can readily be incorporated in the classroom in order to explore Taiwan and topics related to its fascinating history.

Exploring the Asian Diaspora: Nailed It Nearly two million Vietnamese immigrants escaped to the United States in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, many of them prospering in America's $8 billion nail economy.  The PowerPoint from this K-14 educator workshop provides historical context about the American War in Vietnam and the diaspora of Vietnamese immigrants that followed.

From China to America: A Brief History of the Chinese Diaspora to the United States This recorded presentation provides historical context for Chinese immigration to the United States, specifically to Angel Island Immigration Center in California, poetry written by Chinese immigrants at Angel Island, and the contemporary poetry of Sally Wen Mao that reflects on the immigrant experience.

Global Issues Through Literature: To Swim Across the World This curriculum component provides K-14 educators with historical context and curriculum about Korean history and culture through use of the novel, To Swim Across the World.

Media and Mediation in East Asia: Historical and Pedagogical Applications for the K-14 Classroom Offered in conjunction with the Asian Studies Center’s Summer Institute for East Asian Studies on "Media and Mediation in East Asia: Assemblages and Global Flows," this interactive timeline uses the example of China as a case study to explore the history and role of media throughout East Asia's varied past and present.

Reimagining the World of Art through Story and Collaboration: Flying Paintings the Zhou Brothers, A Story of Revolution and Art This recorded workshop presentation by children’s book author Amy Alznauer, provides K-12 educators with themes, website resources, and teaching tools to incorporate into the classroom from her book about two brothers who persevere through the upheaval of China's Cultural Revolution in the 1970s by painting together.

Reimagining the World of Numbers: The Boy Who Dreamed of Infinity This recorded workshop presentation by children’s book author Amy Alznauer provides K-5 educators with creative ways to incorporate interdisciplinary learning into their classroom through the story of the renowned Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Summer Screenshots: Hot Nights and Cold War--Journey From the Fall This K-14 curriculum component provides historical context and strategies to incorporate themes from director Ham Tran’s film, Journey From the Fall, which depicts the story of one Vietnamese family's struggle in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. The curriculum includes a recorded Q&A with director Ham Tran.

Summer Screenshots: Hot Nights and Cold War--Songs from the North This K-14 curriculum component provides historical context and strategies to incorporate themes from director Soon-Mi Yoo’s documentary, Songs from the North, whose footage is the result of the three separate visits that Soon made to North Korea under the strict supervision of state-supplied guides.

Summer Screenshots: Hot Nights and Cold War--The Missing Picture This K-14 curriculum component provides historical context and strategies to incorporate the themes from director Rithy Panh’s autobiographical documentary, The Missing Picture, into the K-14 classroom.  The film recounts Panh's childhood in Cambodia during the brutal takeover by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.